Orthodontic Treatment (Braces) are dental tools that help correct problems with your teeth, like crowding, crooked teeth, or teeth that are out of alignment. As you wear them, braces slowly straighten and align your teeth, so you have a normal and healthy bite.
Traditional orthodontic treatments (braces) are made of metal. They include brackets that are attached to the front of your teeth or bands that fit around each tooth, as well as flexible wires or arch wires that hold the brackets or bands together. Some braces also include rubber bands or metal ties that link the brackets to the wire. These bands create more pressure to help straighten and align your teeth.
The brackets in traditional braces are now also made in tooth-colored ceramic, so you don’t notice them as much. They can also be made with stainless steel, clear materials, or gold.
The brackets on these braces are attached to the backs of your teeth, facing your tongue. Lingual braces are harder to see.
You might also hear them called invisible braces. These are clear plastic trays that fit snugly onto your teeth. They use pressure to gently move your teeth into the correct positions and straighten your smile. You remove the aligners to eat, brush, or floss, but you should keep them in at least 22 hours each day for them to work.